in deep existential crisis..

A Journal by Sara

Chumma Athirudhu la !!!


Everything set; I started my ride all the way up to a famous mall in Chennai to watch the premiere, Sivaji – The Boss; a movie which has been in limelight for almost 2 years. Engrossed in a witty conversation while seated for dinner with my buddies, interestingly, I turned aside to see couple of person carrying a heavy metal box and placed it nearby, which followed by a dozen more of its kind. Yes I could make hue. It is the rolls of the movie, the name engraved on the box and also stamped with various theatre names across the city. Protected by tight security, soon the rolls were kept safe in separate vehicles and flew past to the respective theatres for screening.

No doubt, the joining hands of Super Star Rajnikanth, the ace director Shankar and the musical supremo A R Rahman, has drawn the attention of public who ranks from masses to classes. Especially the film has set an avalanche of expectations among his ardent fans and made them go frenzy with each and every piece of news released on it. In fact, I am no rajni fan either, but I had my own reasons to find myself on the seat to watch this movie.

I would rather call rajni with his screen name Sivaji, reason explained later. I was awestruck, looking at the first scene of the movie, where Sivaji was dragged out of the police jeep with his face masked, to avoid upheaval of the huge populace gathered around. He was later locked inside a cell; and was enquired by the fellow prisoner for the reason of his conviction.

Now, the story winds back illustrating the amazing silk route that leads to the present trauma.Sivaji raised by his parents who live on the breadline, but still educated to a minimal level. He finds his way to study abroad through scholarship and later becomes a Software System Architect in America. Over years, he rakes in substantial money through his profession and decides to head back to India. He is keen to realize his dream project, to set up a world class university offering education at free of cost.

Being a new customer to the Indian way of system, he was taken to ride by the corrupt administrators and politicians heading various ministries. Quickly adapting to the system, he decides only way ever to get things done is bribing them. Due to vengeance and hatred of villain, he was still crushed with iron hands and almost runs bankrupt. Being brought back to the drawing board, he sets up interesting plan to run the politician/administrators down and revive his dream project.

From then on, the horse sets off a ride of its own kind and what follow in is truly the visuals to be cherished.Recent movies in the industry which holds a penchant for society-based themes, adds another feather to its cap with Sivaji.

However, Sivaji probes a little further bringing on screen the affairs of Black Economy and Money Laundering. Shankar, the director, argues the money which is kept behind the curtains is a treasure in disguise and goes on figuring out a statistics, as much as 20 Lakh Crores in the coffins. Asserts, this whole money when laundered in an alternate fashion could serve real purpose in economic reforms and human development.

In a perspective, it is indeed commendable, that the director tries to explain basic concepts of black economics in a simple way; comprehensible by our large rural audiences. After all, most of the rural inhabitants of our nation are highly receptive, if anything told in the guise of cinema. It is well known fact that, the ace director’s exclusive skills in handling the complex and versatile issues of the society in rather a simple set of motion, is laudable on most accounts.

Movie acquires face lift, unlike the earlier ones, with effective use of modern technology and equipments in the daily walks of the casts. This time around in our movies, more sense prevails, when one uses hi-tech gadgets and computers having high order of relevance following suit with the story.

Ever to mention about visual appeal of songs, all the numbers in Sivaji are above par excellence. ‘Adhiradi’ song is spectacular and colorful treat to the eyes which could easily find its way to be one among the best of song visuals in Indian cinema ever. Rahman’s background music is still ringing loud in my ears and has done one great composition for this movie.Masterful cinematography and rich visuals is the icing in the cake.

Especially, the second part of movie has spectacular and eye-catching actions which would get the fans run gaga over their hero. If you are expecting a Rajni of Baba days to show his face yet another time on a movie, you would be caught completely wrong, as I was a few hours ago. The charisma and the magnetism Rajni exhibits on the second-half would allure even those cynical about him. If you have ever rated Rajni by his low-to-average movies like Baasha, Padayappa etc, be prepared to watch a Rajni movie which arguably competes with the best of Indian Movies with a sheen in quality too rather than the heavily favored quantities.

If you are a local resident or a Rajni lover and have better IQ over Kollywood, you are in for a two dozen stuffs of amusement in the theatres. The first half of movie runs with lighter mood and sharp witty comedies of Vivek would burst you into laughter often many times inside a minute. The second half is a racy thriller and churns out a different Rajni you have ever seen before.

Shankar is very clever and used Rajni to near de perfecto and knows the better art of reaching audiences. If you are die hard Rajni fan, then you would attain salvation by end of the movie. Just imagine Rajni with his head shaved and bearded full walks across the podium and introduces himself as the MGR to a large gathering of masses. Believe me, it was neither a wit nor a scene of lighter vein, but a very serious part of the movie.

I could already imagine how the gala would be the first day when it strikes the floors and I pity the guards and other securities of cinema theatres who would have a terrible day at office for the next few days!

I also believe a couple of scenes where Rajni gets brutally hit, for worse, a scene where the villain hits Rajni’s face with his legs. If that are not to be removed from the rolls, I seriously doubt whether the movie operator would have one to run the next show.

Enough is Enough! As I had seen this movie even before the first day, for fun, I thought I can write a review before the professional reviewers of websites put one up, after watching it at the comfort of company’s expenditure. The time is almost 4 o clock. Seriously falling out of the chair. Where is my bedddd ??????


June 15, 2007 Posted by | Cinemas | 5 Comments